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What are Your Favorite Test Tracks and Why?
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For bass response, I use Japanese taiko drum or church organ tracks (Messiah is quite good.) For clarity and dynamic range, I generally use classical music - the "Lark Ascending" track from Katherine Bryan's "Silver Bow" is excellent (and is available in 24-bit 196kHz if you're not a vinyl person), although the ability to reproduce some of the off-microphone stuff from the live version of Springsteen's "Trapped" is also a good test - listen to it through a good pair of headphones first and then see what your speakers do or don't.
Timing, I just use some of my favourite music, or bagpipe tracks that I can play myself (the snare drum reproduction is a good giveaway.)
Church organ tracks are the best for bass since that's what I'd like to completely reproduce, but I honestly hate listening to recordings. There's nothing quite like sitting in the room with a big organ and feeling the big pipes vibrate your whole body. I do use one organ track that I have with lots of decrescendos and crescendos to evaluate dynamics though.
I came here to post the same thing! My test "piece" is Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542. I hop around on different recordings, but here's a great online recording: